[m365weekly] #59

💻 What’s on my mind

You know what I’m going to do? I’m going to turn off my computer for a few days. I’ll forget about clouds, I’ll forget Microsoft 365 even exists. I’m going into the wilderness. No 4G/5G reception. I’ll look only at clouds in the sky.
See you next week.

Merry Christmas to all.
Matic Z.

FEATURED STORY: GREAT PODCASTS

For the last 8 years or so, I’ve been listening to podcasts practically all the time I spend alone in the car. Listening to the radio and music is a waste of time, but with podcasts, it is time well spent on education. Here are some of my favorites, all related to the IT world.

365 Message Center Show – Two great guys covering things that can sysadmins find in their M365 Message Center but never read.

Security Now – In my opinion, the best IT security podcast. Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte are legends.

Mike Tech Show Podcast – Fresh weekly stories from the trenches of the sysadmin world.

💻 Productivity & Modern Workplace

How to post to WordPress using SharePoint and the Power Platform. WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system. If you use WordPress yourself, you can use the article at the link to create a system where content will be stored on SharePoint, sent for approval using PowerAutomate, and then automatically published to your website.

3 ways to view your own Tasks in Microsoft 365. If you are managing tasks across various apps, you might want to view your own Tasks in Microsoft 365.

The Curious Case of the Teams Unmute Keyboard Shortcut. Microsoft is postponing some new features to the beginning of January. One of the anticipated changes is also a press-to-talk feature that some users miss. A feature that Zoom has and many use it.

How to Manage Guest Accounts from Microsoft Teams. It is quite possible that you are a member of several Teams organizations without even knowing it. How can you check this and how to declutter your memberships?


💻 Sysadmin Stuff

How to migrate on-premises application mailboxes to Exchange Online. Moving user mailboxes to the cloud should be a no-brainer. But what about mailboxes that are in use by devices and apps and are business-critical? They need a lot more care and planning when migrating.

Windows 365 Business supports Windows 11 and enhanced admin capabilities. Cloud PCs can now have a Windows 11 soul.


🔐 Security

Advanced conditional access rules. Did you know that there are some advanced Conditional Access configurations possible for accessing resources in M365? A great article explaining those configs in detail.

How to: Share Files Securely with Microsoft Teams. Modify file sharing permission to share files securely in Microsoft Teams. This helps to share files with people in the specific chat or group alone.


📖 Noteworthy (long)reads

Learn how to create accessible content in PowerPoint and across Microsoft 365. Keep in mind that over a billion people in the world have some kind of disability. Read how to make your presentations more accessible to the people you need to reach.

Microsoft Office 365 Prices Up 20% for Monthly Subscriptions. Yes, monthly subscriptions will receive a hefty price increase.


DATES TO KEEP IN MIND

31 December 2021 – Last day of Microsoft Open License Program (OLP). From the start of 2022 OLP products are available in CSP (source, source 2).

January 2022 – Microsoft launches “New Commerce Experience”, a new way of transacting in CSP. Important for Microsoft partners (resellers) and MS distributors.

1 January 2022 – No more transacting in OLP program. From then on perpetual licenses are available in CSP.

1 March 2022 – First Microsoft 365 price increase since 2011 (source). It’s going to be a substantial price increase.


😂 On a Less Serious Note


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